Wednesday Open Forum

Wednesday, the best day of the week, new comic book day. It is like your birthday in the middle of each week (well, one where you buy your own presents.)
We open things up to hear from you. A free for all.
The 191st edition of the open forum!
As always we also want to hear about your weekly pickups.
So, What were your pick ups?
What had disappeared off the shelves?
What was sitting on the shelves?
What back issue deals did you grab?

102 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Forum”

  1. Ive got a story to share about my day today. I was visiting a Marijuana dispensary today and while I wad shopping, two dudes busted in waving what appeared to be a pistol. It took a few seconds to register what exactly was happening. When i did realize i wanted no fuckin part of it so I walked to the far side of the store, laid down face first, covered my head and listened intentlt to what was going on. They were in there for about 2-3 minutes. They scored about half of the product off of the shelves, maybe a HP, didnt touch the two registers which had a whack load of cash. I heard them asking about the safe, not sure if they got it. As soon as it was over, I made sure no one was hurt them got the fuck out of Dodge. Jesus Murphy. What a rush.

    1. I didnt know they let Canadians have guns…. 😉
      Thats pretty crazy though. Did you have to spend half the time giving your report to the police?

      1. Canadians arent allowed to have guns, but they sneak up from Detroit and such. Toronto is the 3rd largest city in the US and Canada, 6 million people, and some gun violence. Gun control works phenomenally well, but there are always fools who skirt the system. Toronto had 39 gun murders last year and 375 gun occurences. Not bad for 6,000,000 people. However, I honestly dont think he had a gun. He had something, and had it wrapped in a cloth or something. I asked the 22 year old kid who was working the front door, and had whatever it was waved in his face, if he saw an actual gun. He said he didnt think so.

      2. And I didnt stick around to talk to the cops. I doubt they even got called. Right now in Toronto, a bunch of illegal dispensarys opened up once the Government announced it was going to legalize it. Its going through legislation right now, and the shop would probably get closed down if the cops were involved. It supposed to be legal in the next few weeks, nation wide, with government run stores being the only ones able to legally retail it. These dispensarys may all go out of business once that happens.

        1. Oh, if they were running illegal business, yeah, be kind of dumb to call the police.
          That’d be like a thief breaking into someone’s house and calling the police after the homeowner shot them. 🙂

      3. If these places are “illegally” opening up, then they are inviting criminal activity, for the very reason they “can’t” call in the authorities for protection.
        I have nothing against MJ, but it should be obvious that just like walking into a drug front you’re taking a risk entering that place.
        Glad your safe, but not the best move to enter that business if they’re a target and their security is compromised.

        1. Im not blaming myself, Dave, but You are 100% correct in that it is a shady deal when entering a facility like that. Im completely aware of that. It sucked and I did have a bad experience but overall, It still isnt that ‘risky’, per se. It is a great target for that sort if thing. No doubt.

      1. It would be nice to play the hero, but Im not risking my life for some rich guys weed and money. Im sure that store could get robbed every day and it would still turn a hefty profit. Thanks for thoughts, Matt. It was a bit unnerving as I absolutely detest guns, a machine whos lone purpose is to extinguish life. If you want to hunt game, employ real skill and use a bow or a knife.

        1. Never. Its just stuff. I would never play hero over someone just stealing stuff. Stuff and money can be replaced, your life can’t.

          1. I have daydreamed about that scenario, Poyo. Being the hero in that situation. I keep telling myself i would have been rewarded by the owners with free product for life. Lol.

    2. I’m certainly glad you’re OK as well as everyone else at that site, but I have a serious question for you; what on earth are you doing at a dispensary, when get good quality pot in Canada is actually easier than acquiring a porno mag???

      1. A dispensary has better prices, and a vast selection to choose from. Where as when you go to the weed dealer, you may have 1 or 2 strains to choose from. Going to my old dealer now would be like buying moonshine from a back alley as opposed to going to the liquor or beer store.

      2. The strains are that good? Wow….I’m impressed as I’ve heard there were a lot of concerns (just concerns, no proof). I trust your opinion and I guess gone are the days where BC and MB weed strains were leading the market.

        1. I went to a dispensary about 14 months ago, for a few visits. It didnt impress me. I tried this one because a friend recommended it. Its fantastic. They have an app with a menu and everything. And yes, the strains are that good. All of them. Theres like 20-25 to choose from. Sativas, Indicas, hybrids. It all smells, looks, tastes and smokes well. It is a game changer. My old supplier was from a friend with a few containers buried under ground on his BC property. His op is all on timers and run by computers et al. Serious set up. Too notch stuff. But, it was always the exact same. Its nice to mix it up, imo. I can get a Q of great stuff for $48 at the dispensary. I would have to pay $55 to my dealer. I also grab about 3-5 different strains each visit and constantly have a variety of quality bud. I can choose my smoke at any given time, Depending on how i want to feel. Very much like a liquor cabinet. Dispensary simply offer more than the black market dealer can. I enjoy my bud very much and I consider myself very picky. This is a game changer, Vann, if its done properly.

    3. Wow, glad you’re ok Jay! You did the right thing, no one was hurt and it’s not your loss of goods so no real reason to get involved.
      For those not aware, the senate has passed bill c-45 and it will receive royal assent today and become law. Looks like a Sept. date for actual legalization.

      1. I left empty handed. They closed shop after that. My nugs were on the scale begging to be purchased and brought home. ?. All in all, a horrible day. Lol

      1. Ive wanted both those books in my PC since day one, Tony. I think Im going to put a full run of Harley vol.1. I love her Jester days.

    1. Ah, BA #12…The “next Hulk 181″…..I do think as the years go by this book will be an equal of sorts to the Mighty 181. Just a matter of time.

      1. BA12 is a big dog of moderns. It was now or never, OC. Im very happy its in my collection. CGC census has;
        9.8. 661 (32/SS)
        9.6. 995. (47/SS)
        9.4. 732. (28/SS)
        I like those numbers.

  2. This week has been pretty bad for me, on Sunday some idiot ran through a stop sign and right into me, ripping the whole backend off my car. So now I’m dealing with all the insurance stuff. Already pre-ordered the Rick and Morty one shot but will probably pick up one more copy if I see it tomorrow.

    1. I’ve now been hit by two red light runners myself. One could have been really bad where I could have been seriously hurt or possibly died if my car landed differently into the ditch. That same one the other driver that caused it was nice enough to flee the scene too. Sadly they never caught them.
      I really dislike red light runners now. It’s not worth it. You save zero time while endangering yourself and others.
      Glad no one was hurt in yours. Dealing with insurance sucks but at least it’s car insurance and not life insurance.

        1. Yes.

          It had rained a few days prior but you can see where my car was spinning with such force into the ditch, it just went straight into the ground. Firefighters said if the ground was any harder so it wouldn’t have slowed down the impact into the sewer opening, if my driver side door hit full impact on the sewer, I probably wouldn’t be typing this right now. I also missed a pole by about 6 inches while spinning into the ditch.

        2. Dog was with me in the car as well. This is how he laid the next day for almost 8 hours straight. Poor dog was hurting since he was in the back. We think he slammed from one side to the other during the impact so I’m sure he had a real nice headache.

          It took about 3 days for my bruises to show up, then my entire left side of my body was bruised for almost 3 weeks.

          1. Im glad you and your adorable pooch were okay after all is said and done. Ive got a real soft spot in my soul for animals.

            1. Me too. I was telling people to check my dog before me at crash site. We also took dog to vet before I went and had vitals checked at hospital.

      1. Yours does look pretty bad. Mine could have been worse if it hit me a couple of seconds sooner the impact would have been on my drivers side door instead of my trunk area. Lucky I didn’t have a comics in my trunk.

  3. ….some bad fucking days for a few of you on here—very sorry to hear about it, but glad that you’re OK and living to tell the tale….

  4. Since we’re talking accidents and near misses…ill tell you a pet peeve of mine…drivers who think they’re being nice buy stopping in the middle of the road, despite having the right-of-way, and waving people to turn in front of them or come through an intersection.
    years ago I was coming up to an intersection with multiple lanes, and on the right of a big truck…the truck had stopped at a green light and waved/encouraged a car coming from the opposite direction to make a left turn into he intersection….of course that car did not see me coming up as I was blocked by the truck…so I enter the intersection because I had the green light only to see the car making a left turn in front of the truck that had the right-of -way to begin with…I swerved but it still clipped my rear bumper and it needed to be replaced. Near miss.
    Here’s another scary one….i stopped at a cross walk as it is law to stop for people entering it…to allow three small children and their mother to cross…of course there’s a right turn only lane and I look in my rear view to see an suv coming up on my right flying….passes me an zooms through the intersection…I had no time to blast my horn to warn the family, fortunately the kids were slow to walk through and it wasn’t as close as it could have been…after they safely were across I chased the suv down…wouldn’t you know it pulls into a drug addiction rehab clinic…I approached the lady and let here know what almost transpired…she didn’t seem to grasp the reality of how she almost ended 4 lives with her stunt…
    Lesson learned…either don’t stop at a cross walk (unless they’re already entering) if there’s more than one lane and you could be blocking the view of approaching vehicles…or if you do, block both lanes so crazies who aren’t paying attention (or are under the influence) can’t harm anyone…use your vehicle as protection…that’d be a good “hero” story!!

      1. One of the things I truly love; people “flooring it” to cut in front of you so they can jam on the brakes hard. I have names for them, but I cannot use them on here…..

      2. I’ve always wanted to do a video of “How people treat you in person as if they were in their car driving?”
        Could you imagine standing in line at the grocery store (or anywhere that requires one to stand in line and wait their turn) and because a slight gap opens up someone from the end of the line jumps out of line, runs up and jumps in front of you?

  5. Well, I bit the bullet and bought a copy of Captain Marvel #14. I hate buying recent comics at such high premiums but what can ya do. Usually if I miss the boat on release day and can’t get the comic for around $20 or so I just let it go…can’t have everything. Anyway, “if” they do indeed introduce her into the Marvel Cinematic U it is just going to keep climbing in price. Regardless, I found what I thought was a “deal” for where the prices are going. A CBCS #14 at a 9.4, A CBCS #17 at a 9.6 and an ungraded Point One #1 for $250. Didn’t hurt that I earned $25 in Ebay Bucks with the purchase… Anyway, I’m hoping if they stay on fire and continue to climb in price in a few months or so I will be able to flip the #17 and point one #1 to cover the cost of the lot and keeping a free or close to free #14 for the pc…. Time will tell on that one.

    1. I decided to hold my Captain Marvel #14 and #17 and my Ms. Marvel #1. I’ve already made profit from the others I sold 2-3 years ago. 3 books don’t take up much space and yes, if they become 1k books I’m unloading (well maybe the CM14 has a chance, not sure about the other two). 🙂
      I accidentally bought a NM 98. It appears to be NM, at least 9.6 or better but it was an auction so I threw in my top bid of like $390 (with shipping, said I wouldn’t pay more than $400 total). I swore I was gonna get outbid, didn’t even cross my mind I would win. Figured someone would swoop in and snipe at the last second. Nope, one other bid bumped it to $380 and that’s the price I won it at. I guess that was an easy way to cross off NM98 from the bucket list of books to own.

      1. I submitted a NM98 today at an LCS for CGC grading. It belongs to an old friend who bought it as a kid. He doesn’t read comics anymore. I had it pressed and its a 9.4, maybe 9.6, imo. Its my 1st CGC submission. Im not huge on slabs but any book that commands that kinda cash, should be graded and protected. For eventual resale, if nothing else.

        1. I’m keeping mine raw for now. Just arrived today, it’s definitely a 9.6, not so sure about 9.8. But still a nice copy for under $400 I think. Beats paying $800+

    2. I picked up a very nice cap marvel movie spec lot with avenging Spider-Man 9 Captain marvel 1, 14 and the seller threw in wolverine 1 1988, ultimate fallout 9, amazing Spider-Man 4 First silk and a few other cool books for 275 shipped. Sold my personal copy of cap marvel 14 for 200 so I ended up adding some great books that I’ve been searching for, for only $75. 🙂 I love comics.

  6. Two books that I don’t see mentioned much but could sneak in as winners: Venom 1 2nd print with first cover of symbiote god, and x-men gold #30 Polybag edition with the spoiler revealed. Most probably don’t know about the second yet, and I have a feeling retailers under ordered it despite it being JSC, once 90’s x-fans find out about the spoiler, and that the poly edition is only one worth having, it might see a nice price jump. First could be a nice cover appearance if villain turns out to be a major hit.

    1. I mentioned X-Men Gold #30 Polybag in the picks of the week. I pulled mine out of the poly bags last night. Also, that Venom #1 2nd print isn’t God in the cover, it’s Venom when he reacted to the other Symbiotes down in the tunnel.

      1. Ahhhh, thanks for the correction on Venom. And I know you mentioned it here (x-men gold 30), but perusing groups and other sites, you seem to have the scoop in regards to the cover. Yet another reason to check CHU out before any other site. 🙂

    2. One last note, and it may or not be relevant for everyone: x-men gold 30 Polybag edition either sold out or marked up to $10 at almost every shop near me save 2. So check and reaerve at your local shop if you have any remote interest in the book.
      Once again, thanks to Anthony for the heads up!

  7. Hello!
    Sounds like some of us had an exciting week! I can’t say the same, but I’m certainly not complaining!
    This week I am getting:
    Batman #49
    Red Hood vs Anarky #1
    Cable #158
    Crude #3
    Curse Words #15
    Justice League #2
    New Challengers #2
    Ninja K #8
    Spectacular Spider-Man Annual
    Amazing Spider-Man #801
    Renew Your Vows #20
    Man of Steel #4
    Wild Storm #14
    Rick And Morty Presents Krombopulous Michael #1
    Xmen Gold #30 – polybag (Thanks for the spoilers Anthony! Made me email my shop and add it on!)
    Also, there’s this:

      1. Ummm.. that’s what indoctrination is for.. it’s the reason we have kids, so we can manipulate them into believing what we believe.. there is no real “freedom”… 😛

  8. Maybe the Rick & Morty one-shot.
    Just got Fed-Ex notification that my Love & Rockets 1 B&W should be hitting my doorstep today or tomorrow from CGC. Since I sent this in through my lcs, I don’t have the information on it yet. However, looking at, two Universal 9.8’s were added to the census on June 5 and one Universal 9.6 was added yesterday. Depending on the timing of when census data is updated, I am thinking it is either a 9.8 or a 9.6. The shady thing about this, though, is that Gilbert Hernandez signed it before he sent it to me, so I was expecting a Qualified label since it was unwitnessed. No Qualified books have been added to the census recently. I also noticed a while back that CGC gave a Universal label to another pre-signed L&R 1 I saw listed on eBay. I tend not to trust CGC when signatures are concerned. I have the Goon prototype book, Best Cellars 1, that came pre-signed by one of the creators. I had CGC witness an Eric Powell signature on the book later and it came back with a SS Yellow Label when it should have been Qualified due to the unwitnessed first signature. I would have used CBCS for the L&R book for a verified signature, but they don’t slab magazine sized books.
    I’m heading to Disneyland for a father/daughter weekend. The last time we went was when she was 5. She will be a high school senior this fall. Since she is working all summer and will be working during school, this is our one last chance to do something before she heads off to college next year.

      1. I asked the kids.. Disney or Hawaii.. kids were like HAWAII!!!
        I’m proud of my kids. I know they’d have fun at Disney while I’m miserable. I just have zero desire to go and I just know if we went to Disney, we’d just end up blowing a ton of money on stupid crap we don’t need anyways. 🙂

    1. Funny..I preordered a couple from Badass Collectibles this weekend but have never ordered from them before. Wonder if I will get them..
      There are also a few good signed comics at cover price for next week. Justice League #1 signed by Snyder (reg and variant)…and Weatherman signed by both writer and artist.

    2. I was flipping through my free copy of DC Nation #1 and on page 32 are character sketches of the Teen Titans, including Crush. Full body sketch and a head shot sketch. Any potential value here? JayClue will find this funny as I was smoking “something” and a burning ember dropped onto the front cover. Damn it!!

      1. if your gonna burn a book with your hot rocks, make it a .25 cent book! Isnt there a cameo of a DCelestial in the last panel of that DC Nation book?

  9. No crashes or babies to announce, but I did buy some comic books. Missed out on Shanghai Red #1, but I picked up everything else that I wanted. I had cut back my purchases a bit, but the total seems to be creeping upward again – have to start exerting some discipline, never my strong suit.
    BATMAN #49
    DAMAGE #6
    INJUSTICE 2 #28
    MAN OF STEEL #4 (OF 6)
    WEAPON H #4

  10. Went in with high expectations of a good haul today…came out with just an ASM 801 (cover A)
    Was hoping to score an X-men 30 classified (none), Planet of the Apes Ursus B cover (nope) Fraggle Rock #2 (notta), Batman 49B (only had A’s) and both True Believers Ant Mans (had neither). Even peaked to see if they had a GL or Auquaman B cover ( uh uh).
    I’m there when they open on Wednesdays because they tend not to have much to offer on the rack as far as B covers and barely order over their clients’s pull lists. I don’t like to have pull lists because the quality of the bindings have been so bad from marvel and DC lately I want to pick the best cover I can…or I don’t know what I want until after they close the open orders.
    So it’s back to buying online what I didn’t get at the lcs….

    1. BTW, my shop only had 4 copies of ASM 801, but one had a spot of ink removed on the cover, another had creases and a third the cover wasn’t even attached. The forth looks to be a solid 9.6 or better, but this comic and its fire red cover may be tough to find in 9.8…but not as tough as 800, though.

      1. My local shops copies were all in great shape. Maybe whoever unpacked them from the box man handled them with their gorilla hands at your shop.. 🙁

  11. Not sure where to post this, but just figure I would pass along the info. Nice little eBay coupon going on right now if you want to pick up any books, or list one with mid-tier pricing so it will sell more quickly, as it is $15 off $75, and looks to be good on comics.
    Code is PSUPERSUMMER and is good until 7 pst tonight.
    Hope this is of use to some folks!

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